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I’ve been working from home now since 2013. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to carve out a career in content writing all while working from home, but fortunately, through hard work and persistence, my dreams came to fruition, and I am now happy to say that I have been done something I truly love for the past ten years – all from the comfort of home.
It was always my dream to write in some form or another. I’ve been working as a writer since around 2009, but always in an office environment. It wasn’t until I had my first child that I took the decision to move away from office life and become a freelancer, which fortunately took off.
However, it wasn’t until the pandemic kicked in that people began to take working from home seriously. Before that, people seemed to view it more as a hobby than an actual career, but today, people fully understand why I choose to work from home.
While many people crave the social interaction that working in an office brings, as someone who gets easily distracted, I benefit much more from working from home. In an office, I love to talk with my co-workers and can’t help but listen in on other people’s conversations (my friends will certainly attest to that!), meaning that it’s harder for me to get much done! I also need absolute peace and quiet while I’m working, otherwise the quality of my work will probably suffer!
So, here’s my take on why working from home is the best thing ever!
The peace and quiet
Once the kids have been shipped off to school, the house is so peaceful and quiet. As I’ve got older, I find that working with any background noise can be really distracting. There are rare occasions where I can work productively while listening to certain types of music, but I’ve found this ability is getting less and less common recently (is it because I’m getting old?!).
Helps if I’m having a bad day
A typical work day involves virtual meetings, so I like to be well presented and looking my best for the camera. But if I’m having a bad day, I know I can lounge about in my comfiest clothes as I treat myself to endless cups of tea and my favourite snacks! (Okay I know you can do these last two things from an office, but you get my point).
The ability to catch up on chores
In between writing, editing or proofreading, I like to take quick breaks to put on a wash, empty the dishwasher or do a quick hoover (all while shouting at Alexa to play my favourite music!).
While it may sound a little sad to spend my breaks this way, for me, it’s very fulfilling. It means I get more time after work to focus on other things, including spending time with the kids (and taxiing them around to their respective after school activities) without having to worry about that huge pile of laundry that needs sorting, or that meal I need to prep. I know that if I worked in an office, I’d have all of this to contend with when I got back from work, but at least this way, I can do random errands in between working.
The flexibility it affords
There have been so many occasions where the school has called me, whether because one of the kids has forgotten something important, or isn’t feeling so great and needs picking up. Being able to stop what I’m doing, grab my keys and head out the door in minutes is such a blessing, and I feel truly grateful that my job affords me so much flexibility.
At the end of the day, my main priority is being there for my children and if I worked in an office, I know how much harder it would be for me to be there for my kids at a moment’s notice. Not to mention the endless national holidays, holidays and random days off that seem to crop up every 5 minutes!!!!
What are your thoughts on working from home vs. working in an office? What do you prefer? Leave a comment below!